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Albuquerque, N.M. – Equality New Mexico (EQNM), the largest and oldest LGBTQ+ political advocacy organization in the state, has endorsed Michelle Lujan Grisham for Governor and Howie Morales for Lieutenant Governor.

Lujan Grisham has been a tireless, decades-long advocate for the LGBTQ+ community in New Mexico and across the country. From her time as a cabinet secretary to her time in Congress, Michelle has consistently leveraged her offices to fight for LGBTQ+ New Mexicans. Notably, in 2013 and 2014 she served as co-chair of the New Mexico Unites for Marriage campaign, which brought marriage equality to the state. Most recently, when the Trump Administration created the Religious and Conscience Freedom Division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rep. Lujan Grisham stood up for LGBTQ+ Americans and worked with EQNM to quickly to create legislation to dissolve the discriminatory division.

“LGBTQ+ New Mexicans will be best served by electing Michelle Lujan Grisham as our governor. She consistently demonstrates that she is one the strongest allies to our community. I know that Michelle will do everything she can to protect the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination and will ensure that all policies are inclusive,” says Adrian N. Carver, Executive Director of Equality New Mexico. “She truly understands and values the contributions our community make to the state.”

Of Howie Morales’ endorsement, Carver said, “We need a Lieutenant Governor who is going to use the position to listen to the diverse voices from the LGBTQ+ community and empower them to continue speaking out and participating in our government. Howie Morales is that candidate. He will be the lieutenant governor to help promote collaboration, visibility, and better understanding of our community.”

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement: “Equality New Mexico is dedicated to making New Mexico an inclusive place for all individuals in the LGBTQ+ community. EQNM is a strong voice for LGBTQ+ New Mexicans and helps ensure all New Mexicans and their families are treated fairly and have every opportunity for success. I am honored to have worked with them throughout the years and appreciate their recognition of my long history of supporting equality for all in New Mexico. It is an honor to be endorsed by EQNM, and I look forward to continuing working with them as governor to pass health and safety laws that are inclusive of our LGBTQ+ community.”